Wednesday, 29 June 2016

UK Archaeology Festival

From Dave Moore of the Council for British Archaeology:

Archaeology for all

The UK-wide Festival of Archaeology is an annual celebration of Britain’s history, made up of events hosted and run by museums, heritage sites, local societies, community groups, national parks and volunteers across the UK. This two-week celebration of everything archaeological offers more than 1,000 opportunities nationwide for everyone to discover, experience, explore, and enjoy the past. This year’s Festival takes place between 16 and 31 July and is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), the UK’s archaeology charity.

Archaeologist and ‘Meet the Ancestors’ TV presenter, Julian Richards says “This year’s Festival of Archaeology is a great way to make everyone realise just how many fantastic projects, excavations and discoveries are going on all over the country - and give everyone the chance to get involved! Talks and walks, digs and discoveries - this really is archaeology for all!”

You can search for events near you on the Festival website: and with events happening all over the UK it is worth taking a look. You could take part in a ‘live’ dig at Copped Hall in Essex, visit a bustling Roman marketplace at the Hull and East Riding Museum, paddle a coracle at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, learn how to use a spear in South Shields, or admire the Cheshire Hoards at Congleton Museum to name but a few of the hundreds of events taking place across the country.

“Importantly, the Festival provides an opportunity to support our local heritage heroes and celebrate their work,” adds CBA Director, Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, “Volunteers play a crucial role in archaeology and heritage across the UK and this gives us the chance to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.” The Festival gives you the chance to experience and enjoy your heritage whilst supporting those who work hard to ensure that it is preserved for future generations so get out there and experience the past.


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